Confronting Climate Change

Taking the ocean into account is critical for successfully addressing climate change, and addressing climate change is critical for the future of the ocean.

Ocean-Climate Actions to Support the Biden-Harris Decarbonization Plan

U.S. and International Ocean-Based Mitigation for the First 100 Days

President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris ran for office with a progressive climate platform that pursues economic recovery, social justice, and a 100% clean future simultaneously, recognizing their interdependence. This brief outlines how ocean solutions can support key domestic and international elements of the Biden-Harris decarbonization plan, with a focus on the first 100 days of the Administration.

Read the Ocean-Climate Actions to Support the Biden-Harris Decarbonization Plan here.

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As we face increasingly devastating climate impacts—from extreme events such as wildfires and hurricanes to slow-onset events such as sea level rise and acidification—ambitious climate action could not come at a more critical time.

Ocean-based climate solutions can help the new Administration achieve its decarbonization goals. Overall, ocean solutions—from scaling up offshore renewable energy to reducing carbon pollution from shipping—can supply an estimated 6% to 21% of the emissions reductions necessary globally to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius over preindustrial levels.

This brief outlines how ocean solutions can support key domestic and international elements of the Biden-Harris decarbonization plan, with a focus on the first 100 days of the Administration.

Read the Ocean-Climate Actions to Support the Biden-Harris Decarbonization Plan here

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